May 25, 2008

Is History Repeating Itself with Google Android?

I am old enough to remember the early days of personal computing. In fact the first Mac I worked on did not have its own hard drive and thus required switching out floppies to do any simple computing task. My first non-Mac “personal” computer was a suitcase sized Compaq which ran DOS and Lotus 1-2-3. The advantage of the Mac […]
April 28, 2008

QuickMobile

I had the opportunity to attend the Dow Jones Wireless Innovation Conference last week in Redwood Shores, CA. The event is primarily designed to connect new mobile start-ups with funding, but the show had some interesting panels where today’s hot mobile topics where debated (e.g. open systems, Internet devices, LBS). More on panel discussions coming soon in later blog entries. […]
April 18, 2008

Microsoft acquires Farecast

Yesterday’s disclosure that Microsoft had acquired Farecast was a surprise to many in the travel industry. Is this a new online travel initiative from the original creators of Expedia? Will Farecast be integrated into Microsoft’s Live Search? First a bit of background. I was first introduced to Oren Etzioni through my client Fetch Technologies. This was back in 2002 when […]
April 7, 2008

Travelport and G2Switchworks

On Friday April 4, 2008 Travelport announced that they were acquiring from G2 Switchworks “certain software assets and intellectual property to be used in the development of a future Travelport agent desktop solution.” Given all the hype of GDS verses GNE over the last four years, what does this deal mean to alternative distribution? There are a number of ways […]
March 26, 2008

American Airlines Facebook Widget

American Airlines announced today the release of a widget for Facebook in an effort to “understand how consumers interact with one another”.” The tool allows Facebook users to share trips within their network and comment about their experiences. American has always been a leader online going all the way back to the late 1990s when they introduced an early attempt […]
March 26, 2008

Unbundling Air Fare Costs

,Today Delta matched earlier moves by United and USAirways to charge $25 for a second checked bag. This is both a reaction to increased operating expenses due to escalating fuel costs as well as the clear desire to unbundle airfare pricing. It is interesting to note that this fee ” will not apply to first-class or business-class customers or members […]